Writer, director David Talbert hand selected the cast for his latest play What My Husband Doesn’t Know. The director of First Sunday was so sure about his picks that he didn’t hold auditions. His selections included Sounds of Blackness songtress Ann Nesby, former Destinty’s Child member, Michelle Williams, and Stomp The Yard actor, Brian White. Recently Madame Noire spoke with the lucky few about their characters, the message they hope to send, and what cities they can’t wait to visit.
Where did your love of theater come from?
Ann Nesby: “That is a wonderful story. When I was younger the first love of theater came in first grade when we had a school play. It was called The Tongue-Cut Sparrow I could do this little whistle and I knew if I could do this whistle I would get the role. It was my first claim to fame.”
Michelle Williams: “I guess some years ago from seventh grade into senior year of high school. CAPA (a performing arts program at Michelle’s high school) put on plays like Hello Dolly and Li’l Abner. I do remember auditioning for Daisy Mae. (Li’l Abner.) I didn’t get it. I never wanted to have that feeling again, so I just went on with my life.
[But in 2003 Williams was offered the title role of the Broadway musical Aida]
“Imagine going to New York and seeing the bright lights and theater marquees. I remember at one time not being able to afford a ticket. From [Aida] to Color Purple to Chicago now to [What My Husband Doesn’t Know.] I’m excited! I’m at my happiest when I’m doing theater.